Certificates are equivalent to first-year undergraduate level and are made up of modules, which you can also take as stand-alone courses.
Our Certificates of Higher Education are suitable for people with no previous academic experience of the subject area.
Progression to degree study
- Students who complete 90 credits from the Cert HE Politics, Cert HE International Studies programme with a mark of 50% or above can be admitted to Birkbeck's BA Politics and Government or BA Global Politics and International Relations, and will be able to transfer credit from the modules they have studied to these degrees.
- Please note that some modules are only available to students on BA degree courses.
How many nights a week do I need to attend classes?
- For a standard module, you attend one two-hour class each week for 22 weeks.
- For a fast-track module you will attend a three-hour class each week for 11 weeks, plus two Saturday Schools.
- Please be aware that once you have paid your fee, it will not be refunded or transferred if you are having difficulty with the coursework load. Before enrolling, please consider your work/family commitments realistically.
Can I go to a class without enrolling to see if I like it?
- We do offer taster sessions which give you the chance to experience and participate in different kinds of classes.
- Unfortunately if you are not enrolled you will not be allowed to join the class.
How long will I have to spend studying each week?
- On average you should allow four additional hours for each two hour session you attend – this is an indication only and workload will vary depending on which module you take.
- You will need to do reading for each class, which will take a few hours a week.
- When essay deadlines are approaching, the amount of time you spend on the course will obviously increase.
What format do classes take?
- Classes usually consist of a mixture of lectures and seminars with the opportunity for discussion and asking questions. The format will vary according to individual lecturers' preferences.
How many people are in each class?
- There are typically between 15 and 25 students in a class, but this varies according to the module.
Do I have to attend all the classes?
- Classes are an important part of the programme and it is difficult to do well if you miss too many.
- You will be assessed, in part, on your contribution in the class.
What if I have to miss a class?
- Although attendance is important, if you have to miss a class, please inform the subject administrator in advance.
If I miss a class can I go to a class on a different night?
- Unfortunately it is not possible to switch from class to class. You must go to the class you are enrolled on.
Can I take a module during the day?
- Most of our modules are held in the evening.